Laura Westbrook

Hong Kong

Laura Westbrook

Laura Westbrook is a senior reporter covering Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Post, Laura was a reporter, presenter and senior producer at BBC World News in London. She has also worked as a news reporter in Hong Kong and New Zealand.

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British government turns down proposal to extend Hong Kong BN(O) visa scheme to adult children of eligible parties

The proposed amendment would have extended eligibility to Hongkongers aged 18 to 25 who do not possess BN(O) status, but whose parents do.

The proposed amendment would have extended eligibility to Hongkongers aged 18 to 25 who do not possess BN(O) status, but whose parents do.

8 Dec 2021 - 9:28PM
Hong Kong to hold first Legislative Council polls after Beijing's overhaul of electoral system

Hongkongers are set to vote for members of the next Legislative Council on December 19, 2021. It's the first Legco polls since Beijing revamped the city's electoral system earlier in the year. The government says the overhaul will ensure that only patriots can run Hong Kong. But critics say it all but silenced the opposition from the pro-democracy camp, which is boycotting the polls. 
 

Hongkongers are set to vote for members of the next Legislative Council on December 19, 2021. It's the first Legco polls since Beijing revamped the city's electoral system earlier in the year. The government says the overhaul will ensure that only patriots can run Hong Kong. But critics say it all but silenced the opposition from the pro-democracy camp, which is boycotting the polls. 
 

8 Dec 2021 - 4:30PM
Hong Kong elections: are city’s tough Covid-19 quarantine rules ‘more politics than science’? Yes, according to a candidate in coming Legco race

Mike Rowse, former director general of InvestHK and self-proclaimed ‘unusual candidate’, makes comments in Post video, one of three throwing spotlight on election aspirants.

Mike Rowse, former director general of InvestHK and self-proclaimed ‘unusual candidate’, makes comments in Post video, one of three throwing spotlight on election aspirants.

8 Dec 2021 - 2:11PM
Hong Kong Legco election candidates up close: Alice Mak and Mike Rowse

Since Beijing overhauled the city’s electoral system earlier this year to ensure only “patriots” govern Hong Kong, some pro-establishment veterans have decided to switch to new constituencies. New faces have also entered the race, shaking up the traditional pro-Beijing camp, with every seat now being contested in the December 19 poll. The Post speaks to the Federation of Trade Unions’ Alice Mak Mei-kuen, who has switched from the geographical constituency to run for the Election Committee constituency. She’s up against one of the new faces - former director general of InvestHK, Mike Rowse.

Since Beijing overhauled the city’s electoral system earlier this year to ensure only “patriots” govern Hong Kong, some pro-establishment veterans have decided to switch to new constituencies. New faces have also entered the race, shaking up the traditional pro-Beijing camp, with every seat now being contested in the December 19 poll. The Post speaks to the Federation of Trade Unions’ Alice Mak Mei-kuen, who has switched from the geographical constituency to run for the Election Committee constituency. She’s up against one of the new faces - former director general of InvestHK, Mike Rowse.

8 Dec 2021 - 11:00AM
Third of Hongkongers with BN(O) status considering UK move, 6 per cent are doing so, Oxford University survey finds

Oxford University research reveals potential movers tend to be millennials or younger, well off financially and university educated.

Oxford University research reveals potential movers tend to be millennials or younger, well off financially and university educated.

3 Dec 2021 - 10:10PM
Omicron variant: Hong Kong’s tightened quarantine rules throw travel plans into chaos as family reunions, Christmas hopes dashed amid rush to extend hotel bookings

Frenzy to extend hotel quarantine bookings, as countries get bumped up to high-risk category, follows city’s announcement of tougher measures in response to Omicron variant.

Frenzy to extend hotel quarantine bookings, as countries get bumped up to high-risk category, follows city’s announcement of tougher measures in response to Omicron variant.

1 Dec 2021 - 11:29AM
What a brawl at a rally against Asian hate and the BN(O) influx of Hongkongers can tell us about political fires between Chinese groups in the UK

Experts warn there may be more confrontations between pro-Beijing groups and newly arrived Hong Kong immigrants over differing political views.

Experts warn there may be more confrontations between pro-Beijing groups and newly arrived Hong Kong immigrants over differing political views.

30 Nov 2021 - 11:37AM
Danger lurks as Hong Kong’s hiking hordes discover city’s green country trails, stunning mountain views

Trekking experts, fire service urge caution as thousands head outdoors during pandemic, with rise in mishaps, injuries.

Trekking experts, fire service urge caution as thousands head outdoors during pandemic, with rise in mishaps, injuries.

27 Nov 2021 - 8:40AM
Number of Hongkongers applying for BN(O) scheme falls more than 20 per cent, trend attributed to ‘lifeboat’ options offered by other Western countries

Some 24,000 Hongkongers applied for the new pathway to British citizenship from July to September, down from 30,600 between April and June.

Some 24,000 Hongkongers applied for the new pathway to British citizenship from July to September, down from 30,600 between April and June.

26 Nov 2021 - 3:50AM
Coronavirus: expert delegation from mainland China arrives in Hong Kong to inspect pandemic-control measures

Four-day visit involving National Health Commission officials comes as both sides prepare for first phase of reopening the border.

Four-day visit involving National Health Commission officials comes as both sides prepare for first phase of reopening the border.

20 Nov 2021 - 11:12PM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong children as young as 3 to get access to Sinovac jab, in extension of vaccination drive to wider age group

Local minimum age for Chinese-made drug to be lowered from 18, with Sinovac already available for younger recipients on mainland and overseas

Local minimum age for Chinese-made drug to be lowered from 18, with Sinovac already available for younger recipients on mainland and overseas

20 Nov 2021 - 9:43PM
Friends in Hong Kong join search for bone marrow donor to help UK boy with serious blood condition

Eight-year-old born in Hong Kong has aplastic anaemia, needs bone marrow transplant for a chance to live normally

Eight-year-old born in Hong Kong has aplastic anaemia, needs bone marrow transplant for a chance to live normally

20 Nov 2021 - 10:51PM
Time’s up for Hong Kong’s nuisance boars, but who will stop people who feed wild animals?

Wild boars keep wandering into built-up areas mainly because people feed them, authorities decide to act after sharp rise in injuries.

Wild boars keep wandering into built-up areas mainly because people feed them, authorities decide to act after sharp rise in injuries.

19 Nov 2021 - 10:51AM
Inaugural Asian summit in Hong Kong aims to boost investment, collaboration between biotech, medical and health care sectors

About 70 speakers, including city leader Carrie Lam, will attend November 24 summit, where experts will discuss how countries can work together on global health issues.

About 70 speakers, including city leader Carrie Lam, will attend November 24 summit, where experts will discuss how countries can work together on global health issues.

17 Nov 2021 - 9:34PM
What caused Hong Kong’s Foodpanda riders to go on strike? Long waiting times, pay cuts and order system among grievances

Hundreds of disgruntled fleet members working for online food delivery platform protested over the weekend.

Hundreds of disgruntled fleet members working for online food delivery platform protested over the weekend.

16 Nov 2021 - 11:39AM
Hong Kong’s fallen Indian, Nepalese soldiers honoured at Remembrance Sunday event at restored cemetery

As many as 90 volunteers lent their efforts to restoration of site overlooking Happy Valley Racecourse where several military graves are located.

As many as 90 volunteers lent their efforts to restoration of site overlooking Happy Valley Racecourse where several military graves are located.

14 Nov 2021 - 10:30PM
Adoptions in Hong Kong fall, with few children listed and adoptive parents ‘wary of taking those with complex profiles’

Most children up for adoption have special needs, and that puts off potential adoptive parents.

Most children up for adoption have special needs, and that puts off potential adoptive parents.

13 Nov 2021 - 8:16AM
Fast and furious: Hong Kong crash tragedy puts spotlight on city’s speed fiends, illegal racing scene

No secret that accident black spot Bride’s Pool Road is a venue for illegal races, insiders say.

No secret that accident black spot Bride’s Pool Road is a venue for illegal races, insiders say.

9 Nov 2021 - 3:16PM
3 children injured as 2 buffaloes run into group of pupils on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island

Incident captured in 24-second clip shows adult buffalo chasing another as they head towards a group of pupils at a car park near Pui O.

Incident captured in 24-second clip shows adult buffalo chasing another as they head towards a group of pupils at a car park near Pui O.

4 Nov 2021 - 11:20PM
As Amnesty joins groups quitting Hong Kong, NGOs worry their funding, activities may cross ‘red lines’ of national security law

Groups active in advocacy, fighting for human rights, contemplate ways to take care as they carry on.

Groups active in advocacy, fighting for human rights, contemplate ways to take care as they carry on.

30 Oct 2021 - 8:14AM
National security law: Amnesty International to close its 2 Hong Kong offices by year’s end, citing impediments to its work

Group says the decision was ‘driven by Hong Kong’s national security law, which has made it effectively impossible for human rights organisations in Hong Kong to work freely’.

Group says the decision was ‘driven by Hong Kong’s national security law, which has made it effectively impossible for human rights organisations in Hong Kong to work freely’.

26 Oct 2021 - 11:46AM
Hong Kong quarantine woes: Singaporean traveller with epilepsy sent to hospital after hotel staff find him having seizure

Epileptic traveller with food allergy says he fell ill after hotel did not heed request for nut-free meals.

Epileptic traveller with food allergy says he fell ill after hotel did not heed request for nut-free meals.

26 Oct 2021 - 12:45PM
Wild boar breaking point? Hong Kong authorities say it’s time to get tough, but animal groups resist culling

Attempts to control boars in urban areas have failed because people keep feeding them, officials say, something animal groups believe can be remedied through more education.

Attempts to control boars in urban areas have failed because people keep feeding them, officials say, something animal groups believe can be remedied through more education.

16 Oct 2021 - 11:13PM
Typhoon Kompasu roars past Hong Kong, leaving 1 dead and 20 injured

A 31-year-old man died after crashing his motorcycle in Shek O and least 20 other residents were injured during the storm.

A 31-year-old man died after crashing his motorcycle in Shek O and least 20 other residents were injured during the storm.

14 Oct 2021 - 9:25AM
Almost half of Hong Kong’s BN(O) migrants are still unemployed, struggle with language and workplace culture differences

New study finds only 18.5 per cent who moved to Britain under visa scheme had found full-time work for an employer as at end of August.

New study finds only 18.5 per cent who moved to Britain under visa scheme had found full-time work for an employer as at end of August.

12 Oct 2021 - 10:52PM
Stock market closed, No 8 warning signal to remain until 4pm as Typhoon Kompasu lashes Hong Kong with heavy rain

Schools and government services suspended as Kompasu, upgraded to a typhoon, comes within 360km to the south of the city on Wednesday morning.

Schools and government services suspended as Kompasu, upgraded to a typhoon, comes within 360km to the south of the city on Wednesday morning.

13 Oct 2021 - 12:20PM
Hong Kong pop star Coco Lee’s mother breaks hip, shatters elbow in wild boar attack on The Peak

Traumatised Frances Wang, 83, undergoes five hours of surgery after boar charge near her home.

Traumatised Frances Wang, 83, undergoes five hours of surgery after boar charge near her home.

9 Oct 2021 - 9:15PM
Bumpy landing: Hong Kong migrants face culture shock in Britain, seek help for isolation, depression, marriage breakdown

Mental health woes linked to homesickness, language and cultural barriers, anxiety over future; older migrants miss familiarity of their old estates, company of friends.

Mental health woes linked to homesickness, language and cultural barriers, anxiety over future; older migrants miss familiarity of their old estates, company of friends.

9 Oct 2021 - 8:39AM
Hong Kong legislators pass upskirting law that makes crime punishable by 5 years in jail

Lawmakers pass Crimes (Amendment) Bill that covers a range of image-based sexual abuse offences.

Lawmakers pass Crimes (Amendment) Bill that covers a range of image-based sexual abuse offences.

1 Oct 2021 - 11:43AM
London district holds ‘friendship festival’ to welcome Hong Kong BN(O) immigrants, soothe local worries over influx

Volunteers rolling out red carpet for new arrivals hope to avoid backlash from local residents over competition for schools, jobs.

Volunteers rolling out red carpet for new arrivals hope to avoid backlash from local residents over competition for schools, jobs.

25 Sep 2021 - 5:55AM